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Ode to a Chance Encounter with a Wolf Spider in My Shoe

These shabby running shoes stood unworn on the porch

While strappy summer sandals were satisfactory footwear.

So, one afternoon duties called for autumn clean-up

And time to slip into the well-worn comfort of old shoes,

Noticing a hazy mess of webbing inside the shadows,

That had to be removed with a stick; when, suddenly,

A large wolf spider dashed out in dramatic self-defense.

The scream scared him back; no further probing or shaking

Could bring him out where no foot would dare to enter.

But here I sit and ponder what kind of smart wolf spider

Would build his web inside the musty confines of a shoe …

Anticipating what insects would fly by or a centipede venture?

And so, I think what person may be enclosed in a situation

With few opportunities to engage and exult in abundance?

Annemarie Berukoff

Retired teacher — wisdom of Timely Tools for Changes: self-franchise internet marketing, social media attacks, ecology

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